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JSB Annual Report 2009/2010JSB Annual Report 2009/2010

The JSB published its Annual Report for the period 2009 - 2010 on 30 June 2010.

Equal Treatment Benchbook

An update to the Equal Treatment Bench Book, was published in April 2010.

Crown Court Bench Book - Directing the JuryCrown Court Bench Book - Directing the Jury

The JSB has published a new Crown Court Bench Book. This is a point of reference for judges who are preparing their directions to the jury in a Crown Court trial. Word version of the Benchbook is also available (2.15mb).

Appraisal Standards and Appraiser Competences in TribunalsAppraisal Standards and Appraiser Competences in Tribunals

The JSB has published the second edition of its Appraisal Standards Framework (PDF 625KB), which includes for the first time a set of competences for tribunal appraisers. The new Appraisal Standards and Competences can be downloaded here.

Copies are being circulated to tribunals by post and further copies are available on request from the JSB at A separate booklet containing the Appraiser Competences which can be supplied for circulation to appraisers will be available shortly in handy A5 format.

Multi-Juridiction Appraisal Skills Seminar for Tribunals

The JSB has also developed a new follow-up appraisal skills seminar for experienced tribunal appraisers, based around the new Appraisal Standards and Competences. Nominations are invited from tribunals for a pilot seminar in spring 2010 (date to be fixed). Brief details about the course can be found in the Tribunals Prospectus.

Tribunals which are interested in nominating one or two appraisers for the pilot seminar (or subsequent courses) should contact Annmarie Alao at for further details.

Tribunal Judicial Training and Education Prospectus 2009-2011 Nominations for the Essential Judicial Skills Course 2010

Places are still available on the Essential Judicial Skills course on 15-17 March 2010. More detail on the course can be found in the Tribunals Judicial Training and Education Prospectus.

If you are interested in attending, or nominating someone to attend, please complete the nomination form at the back of the prospectus and submit it to: Annmarie Alao at the JSB, 6th Floor, Steel House, 11 Tothill Street, London SW1H 9LJ or email

New Joint JSB/Media Guidelines Issued for Reporting in the Criminal Courts

On 1 October 2009, the JSB published an updated guide to reporting restrictions in the criminal courts in conjunction with the Newspaper Society, the Society of Editors and Times Newspapers Limited.

Courts Judiciary Prospectus of Education April 2010- March 2011 Courts Judiciary Prospectus of Education April 2010- March 2011

Please follow this link to the new prospectus from which the judiciary can chose the seminars they wish to attend during the period April 2010 to March 2011. These seminars are open to all High Court, Circuit and District Judges. A proportion of Recorders and Deputy District Judges are required to choose a seminar each year.

Annual Report 2008/2009

The latest Annual Report 2008/2009 for the Judicial Studies Board is now available.

Tribunals journal (Summer 2009)

The Summer 2009 issue of the Tribunals journal is now available via the Tribunals journal section.

Guidelines for the Assessment of General Damages in Personal Injury Cases - 9th Edition

The 9th Edition of the JSB's Guidelines for the Assessment of General Damages in Personal Injury Cases has been published and is available to purchase from the Oxford University Press website.

Framework of judicial abilities and qualities

The JSB has approved a single consolidated Framework of Judicial Abilities and Qualities for the High Court and the Circuit and District Benches to replace the previous framework which was for the Circuit and District Benches only. There are two versions one for judicial educators and judges, which explains how the framework should be used in judicial education programmes, and one for the public, which explains how the judiciary will use the framework.

Tribunal Competences: Qualities and Abilities in Action

The Tribunal Competence Framework had been revised and added to JSB Publications section.

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